Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lasagnad Out

I suspect you can figure out which is for home and which is for work

I know that lasagnad is not a real word, no reason to even hit that little ABC in the corner of the screen that sometime magically corrects the spelling errors but...that is what I am.

The store won a contest last week and we had $50 to fill the fridge.  Now I don't know about your family or where you work but getting 25 people to agree on food when there is no place to cook it is not easy.  The group is definitely not into healthy stuff or we could fill it with yogurt, orange juice, fruit and the like.  Their original vote was just get $50 worth of pizza (which unless we bought it at Cici's would be just a couple of pies).

For some insane reason I volunteered to make Lasagna.  Now I love lasagna, it oozes cheese and tomato least I love it the first couple of days.  So four pans later (3 for the store 1 for home) I am lasaganad out!

Actually all was fine with it at work until Michael called me to bring some home for him, I am not good at bringing food home though so...I made an entire pan just for the two of us.  Now the thing about this dish is that it is not a good just for two thing.  After each of us had a decent size piece on Saturday night I was left with most of a 9" X12" pan of it.  Into the fridge it went until....I offered it to the next door neighbor.  Now the thing is my husband had not had quite as much by that point as I had.  In the freezer now is a decent size piece for us (him) and the rest went next door.

I actually used the no boil noodles for the store and I have to say they tasted pretty good and were a heck of a lot faster for prepping than the old fashioned kind.  Also discovered was the fact that all these years of making lasagna, I was baking it for too long.  You live and you learn!

Lasagna (for home)
1 pkg lasagna noodles
2 cups non fat cottage cheese
1 cup mozzarella (I prefer Polly-o) shredded
1 cup Parmesan cheese (I really like the kind you need to shred but what the heck)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon or more of Italian seasoning
2 jars good spaghetti sauce

Cook the noodles according the the package directions.  While that is happening put the cheeses in a bowl, add the eggs and the Italian seasoning and mix it up well. When done drain and run cold water over noodles.  Cover the bottom of a 9 x 12 pan with sauce than put in a layer of noodles (probably 5), put about a 1/3 of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles and spread it out, top that with a good amount of sauce.  Repeat the layers twice.  Top with noodles and the remainder of the sauce.  Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for half an hour.  Remove from oven and put some more of the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan on the top, bake for about another 5 minutes uncovered.  Viola....a lot of lasagna!

Yes, Bear likes lasagna
So three pans of lasagna and a couple of bowls of salad later and there is still $15 or so left to spend.  Should I just surprise them or should I take a vote on what they would like?


  1. I think this is the first time Bear is posing looking at something *other* than the camera. Bear *really* likes lasagna.

    What do you think they would vote for? I mean, they're junk-food lovers... they might want $15 worth of chips....

  2. Bear is on his best behavior!

    You are such a devoted cook. You impress the oregano out of me! And, boy are your co-workers lucky!